Program Management Advisor

Automotive and Surface Transportation
Ottawa - Ontario


  • An eligibility list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • This is a 2-year term position with possibility of extension.

Your challenge

Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's premier research and technology organization.

The Automotive and Surface Transportation portfolio (AST) has the mandate to advance product and process technologies for producing more fuel-efficient, affordable, and environmentally-responsible ground vehicles and to deliver engineering solutions to complex technology challenges facing surface transport industries, including heavy vehicles and rail.

The Program Management Advisor provides to Program Leaders support services in program governance to implement deploy and ensure effective management of the programs he/she supports. The incumbent provides a wide range of program and project management skills to help Program Leaders meet their operational objectives and thereby achieve the projected benefits of the programs. He/she must also foster partnerships between internal and external stakeholders and contribute to the general development, execution and coordination of the programs.

As a member of AST’s Project Management Support Office (PMSO), the Program Management Advisor contributes to defining and ensuring compliance with best program and project management practices.

The incumbent will participate in developing and implementing strategies for program governance, identifying and planning required program updates and preparing performance reports for the programs he/she supports. The Program Management Advisor provides professional advice and offers recommendations to Program Leaders to ensure that programs achieve their benefits and projects are delivered to partners in a satisfactory manner.

Screening criteria

Applicants must demonstrate within the content of their application that they meet the following screening criteria in order to be given further consideration as candidates:


Bachelor’s degree in Science, Engineering or in a discipline related to the activities of the AST portfolio.

A degree in business administration or in a project management program specializing in project management would be an asset.

Professional certification in project or program management, such as holding the Project Management Professional (PMP)® or Program Management Professional (PgMP)® credential from the Project Management Institute (PMI)®, would be an asset.


Significant experience of program/project management concepts and methodologies through recent and significant  hands-on experience in program management and extensive experience in project management in the field of manufacturing or ground transportation, in an R&D environment, involving multi-disciplinary teams and multi-partner resources;

Significant and  recent experience in managing the overall planning, scheduling and coordination of R&D programs and/or multiple, concurrent R&D projects;

Significant and recent experience in developing partnerships and maintaining effective working relationships between organizations;

Basic experience in contracts negotiation;

Basic and recent experience working within a PMO service delivery function would be an asset.

Condition of employment

  • A Secret clearance must be obtained within 12 months of employment.
  • Level II (Secret)

Language requirements

Assessment criteria

Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

Technical competencies:

Solid knowledge of program and project management theory, principles, and practices and project management software tools;

Solid knowledge of program and project management’s best practices (such as the PMBOK® Guide) in industry;

Basic knowledge of the industry relevant to the manufacturing sector or ground transportation.


Behavioural competencies:

Communication (Level 3)
Teamwork (Level 3)
Client focus (Level 3)
Results orientation (Level 3)
Initiative (Level 2)

For this position, NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s): | Management Services

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Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with NRC's directives.

Salary range

  • This position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RCO group uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $49,670 to $140,418 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions.
  • The incumbent who meets the language requirements will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.

Closing date

09/11/2017 (25 days)

Applications will be accepted until 23:59 Eastern Time


  • Overtime may sometimes be required.
  • This position is being advertised internally and externally simultaneously, however first consideration will be given to internal NRC applicants.
  • Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
  • In order to ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications, candidates are encouraged to provide, along with their résumé, a detailed covering letter explaining how they meet each of the requirements of this position (education, experience, language requirements) by providing concrete examples. In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience.
  • The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
  • Occasional national and international travel may be required.
  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • Irregular hours and weekend work will sometimes be required.
  • We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

To apply

All applications must be submitted on-line.  Please do not fax or email your applications. By applying over the web, your application becomes available to managers immediately. Applications must be received no later than the closing date.

You should also be prepared to attach your résumé into the online application form in one of the following formats:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)
  • ASCII text
  • PDF

As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.

Please review instructions before applying online.

To obtain a copy of the job description

Please direct your questions, with the hiring number (144-17-0360) to:

Telephone: (613) 991-2024